Medical-LiveIamA Guinness World Record Holding Breast Surgeon. I've examined at least 56,000 breasts during my 25-plus-year career as a plastic surgeon. I'm an expert knife and tomahawk thrower. AMA!
Dec 13th 2017 by drted10 • 11 Questions • 62 Points
EDIT: Thanks to everyone that asked these great questions!! I loved doing this - thanks to Reddit and Nat Geo and all of you!! Steve
My name is Steve Winter and I’ve been a wildlife photographer for 20 years. I’ve been stalked by jaguars in Brazil, attacked by rhinos, charged by a grizzly, tracked snow leopards in below freezing temperatures, and even been trapped in quicksand in the world’s largest tiger reserve. I grew up in Indiana, but I’ve always dreamed about traveling the world as a photographer. The dream came true in 1991 when I became a National Geographic photojournalist. And while I specialize in wildlife, I have a particular fascination and love for big cats. AMA! Links to my photos:
- Favorite Tiger Photos Show Their Power and Beauty: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/photography/proof/2017/07/global-tiger-day-steve-winter/
- Jaguars: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2017/12/shrinking-kingdom-of-the-jaguar/
- Snow Leopards: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2008/06/snow-leopards/winter-photography
If you notice that your knife and tomahawk throwing skills diminish, do you think that would be a good sign that you should stop performing surgeries?
What specifically are you planning on suing them for? I completely agree with your motion by the way, I just want more information.
How long does it take for you to figure out a sick burn?
Did Moore ever attempt to contact you directly and, if so, what did he say?
Any recommendations for a hockey player trying to improve stability on my outside edges?
What is the most common misconception about wilderness survival that gets people killed?
What else do you think can be done when feral children are discovered?
Is it as weird for you guys as it is for me that your music gets played on top 40 radio stations now? Been listening to you guys for almost a decade now and it's crazy how much you've blown up recently.
Also are you planning on playin Sasquatch next year?
Do you watch This Is Us? You should -- your story reminds me of Randall's.
What do you think is the Number 1 threat to endangered or at-risk cats?
How can a normal person help their cause?
They're not necessarily related. One is large motor skills (knife throwing) and the other is fine motor skills (breast surgery). But if my judgment changes and I start to consider throwing a tomahawk at something other than a wooden log round, then it might be time to take sharp objects away from me.
Seconding Nathan at Access. We disagree with the FCC on their interpretation of the Communications Act. We believe the FCC didn't justify its action with any real facts for abandoning Title II classification for broadband ISPs. Then there are the huge problems with the FCC's process in this proceeding like not meaningfully engaging with the comments and not giving adequate notice about their plan to kill all the rules save some weaksauce transparency provisions. For starters that is.
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Don't be afraid of putting on a pair of figure skates. I think they could really help.
Also, I do a lot of stability on the Bosu ball at the gym which might help.
I think if the child protection workers had taken Dani away when they first visited her, when she was 2, then again when she was 3, or even if they had at least revisited her to do a welfare check, or insisted she be put in some sort of day care or pre-school, or visit a doctor, they would have had four extra years to help repair / heal her and make up for the severe neglect and malnutrition which have damaged her for life. I think, once Dani was discovered, that so many folks did so much to try to help her, I'm not sure how much more they could have done ... For that first year she was with the Lierows, she got every kind of therapy imaginable. But once they moved from Florida to Tennessee, and lost the umbrella of protection the Florida adoption folks provided, Dani's new parents stopped taking her to outside therapies and left her instruction entirely to the public school. So I don't know if more individualized speech / occupational / physical therapy would have helped from age 10 til 19 ... but it might have.
It’s super fun, actually! Especially visiting and getting interviewed by those stations. It’s all energy and white teeth and cheesy jokes. Def weird, but really fun weird. Sasquatch is great! Not sure about this year, but a highlight of my life was seeing that giant Alaskan flag in the crowd. -eric
I haven't seen that show but I've heard some good things about it, I'll have to give it a watch eventually.
How can a normal person help? VOTE!!! laws for protections come from the Congress on up. VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Of all of the competitors you’ve roasted, who handled the situation best?
The story said that you approached the accusers, not the other way around, but how did you know to investigate this in the first place?
In the movie "Blades of Glory", there is a figure skating move there called the Iron Lotus.
If given the chance to team up with a robot skater with 0% chances of error, would you consider doing that move to get gold?
How do you handle what seems to be a majority of people's "fear of math" (for lack of better term) when incorporating math in your story telling?
What are some general survival tips that everyone should know?
This was an amazing story and I particularly enjoyed the way you wrote about the relationship between Dani and her father. I really admire you as a journalist and was wondering if you could talk about how you became a feature writer and what this story taught you about reporting difficult enterprise stories?
Does "Holy Roller" have anything to do with the Flanders-Lovejoy bowling team of the same name from The Simpsons?
do you know how it got started? were his parents before him early adopters?
Hi Steve! This is from my 8 year old:
Have you taken photos of lions?
Have you seen a black jaguar or a white tiger?
Basically I wear two different hats. In the office and the operating room, it's only medical thoughts. But out in the world, I'm definitely aroused by cleavage and I try not to get caught leering.
You should really see the things we say about AT&T's legal theories in the official FCC record.
This is Stephanie: while I was reporting another story in the Gadsden area, I heard that Roy Moore liked teenage girls, and as we began talking to more people, specific names began to emerge. It turned out that quite a lot of people in the Gadsden area had heard these stories about Moore over the years, and some had direct knowledge of the situation.
Anything for the gold medal.
I find it's best to not tell them it's a math story! One great thing about math is that it's embedded in everyday life, so you can connect it to things that people already identify with.
Always have a small, easy to carry kit that will get you through the night when going to the outdoors.
Always form an emergency signal as soon as possible in an emergency.
Get a wilderness first aid card.
Hydrate well before hitting the outdoors, it's better for every climate/altitude.
Take a class with me.
No, they weren't. It started with my dad's older sister, who adopted seven (yes seven) children over a period of 9-10 years. Then my parents adopted me, and then later my dad's other sister adopted a child.
I have taken photos and spent months with lions. Check out my instagram @stevewinterphoto and @natgeo - my first cat sighting was a black jaguar!! and I have seen a white tiger - there has not been a white tiger in the wild since the last one was shot in 1958. They are all in zoos and are bred for the pet trade which should be stopped - these cats should not be bred - as we have too many in captivity already.
My mum worked as a nurse on a lot of cosmetic surgery (including a large number of breast augs, though nothing like that number).
My question is roughly how many people have you refused (whether because of surgical risks or because the surgery would be inappropriate for the patient)?
First off, I would like to say thank you guys. As a lawyer myself, I think this is one of the most righteous causes to fight for at the moment, and if you guys would ever like assistance from a lawyer who has a background in electrical engineering, has done legal work for telecommunications companies, and has a strong understanding of con law, please let me know and I'd be happy to help out.
Second, I know that you responded to a follow-up question below, but I have a more nuanced question that I'd like to ask. You say that the FCC failed to properly follow the APA. What sections and/or clauses of the APA are you asserting that they failed to follow? More specifically, can you tell me what legal arguments you would make in response to this comment by /u/InquisitorialRetinue posted here and reproduced below.
Based on what procedural mandate, and on what theory? The AGs can’t even cite the APA correctly (“Procedure” is not plural). How is this different from interest groups urging the writing of form letters to an agency making identical points, most of which are disregarded by agency staff anyway? (The agency need only consider a significant point, not its redundant iterations.)
For one, it’s not a popularity contest. See, e.g., U.S. Cellular Corp. v. FCC, 254 F.3d 78, 87 (D.C. Cir. 2001) (an agency “has no obligation to take the approach advocated by the largest number of commenters” and “may adopt a course endorsed by no commenter.”). For two, the APA “has never been interpreted to require the agency to respond to every comment, or to analyse every issue or alternative raised by the comments, no matter how insubstantial.” Thompson v. Clark, 741 F.2d 401, 408 (D.C. Cir. 1984); see also Vermont Yankee (“administrative proceedings should not be a game or a forum to engage in unjustified obstructionism by making cryptic and obscure reference to matters that ‘ought to be’ considered and then, after failing to do more to bring the matter to the agency’s attention, seeking to have that agency determination vacated on the ground that the agency failed to consider matters ‘forcefully presented.’”).
Here, the AGs point to comment spam, but then don’t elaborate on how they are material to the validity of the proposed rule. They don’t even articulate a theory! Sure sounds to me like cryptic obstruction of the Vermont Yankee variety.
While this comment is pointed at halting/pausing the vote on the repeal due to the allegedly fraudulent comments, the cited case law (as well as precedential case law such as Citizen's United) does make a compelling argument in favor of the FCC. And, as an engineer, given the standard of arbitrary and capricious, it seems like the FCC has provided enough information to jump that incredibly low hurdle. So while I think it's the wrong outcome, the law does seem to indicate that the FCC will win.
Long story short, I would like to know how you all are planning to respond to those rules and arguments and what other legal theories/arguments you are planning on posing.
I know you can't disclose what you are working on next, but would it be fair to say that you have been flooded with tips about other sexual predators that will keep you busy for a long time? Would it be fair to characterize what we have seen so far as just the beginning?
How many pairs of boots/blades to you have ready at any point in time? (Also, I absolutely love how you’ve spray painted the heels on your Pianos.)
What would you say to your students who are reading this thread?
What's the biggest mistake people commonly make in a survival situation?
thank you for your reply! It's very heartening to hear one can make the transition from news to features. I will continue to follow your byline - wishing you all the best
Hey, I'm going to go see you in Chicago. Could you guys please play "So American"?
Were they adopted all at once, or was it gradual, and eventually the siblings started taking care of the new adoptees so it became easier?
What inspired you to become a photographer? How does one end up working for NGEO?
Great question. I've refused about 25 percent of the women who have come in for consultation. That's mostly because I didn't feel like I could accomplish their goal.
Sure! Quick caveat that though you're bringing up very interesting issues we can't hash out the whole legal theory in this AMA.
The state of the record raises a lot of issues only some of which are justiciable and only some of those will be directly relevant to challenging this rule making.
On process challenges in general, here's one we've made public: The agency completely failed to notice the authority upon which the weak transparency rule rests. It's a huge problem for the rules. https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/1207948529615/Section%20257%20ex%20parte%20Dec%207%202017.pdf
Thanks! It's actually nail polish. Way easier than spray paint.
I always have two pairs just in case anything happens.
Homework is still due tonight. If you're not done, close this tab.
Failure to make a signal of any kind. There's usually A LOT of people looking for you; helicopters, atv's, crews on foot, etc.
You have the Son of the Baconator, you have the classic Baconator, so when will we get the Father of the Baconator, or as I would like to call it, "The Bacon Daddy"?
If a person has been sexually assaulted by a public figure, what is the best way to approach the media? What kind of information should they bring forward?
At the Olympics, do you find yourself hanging out with athletes across all of the sports? Or are there sport specific cliques?
How did you go from hating math to being a math major and CS professor? (And why did you hate math in the first place?)
Agencies actually can't "unilaterally" do anything. By law they must engage in reasoned decision making and follow the process in the Administrative Procedures Act. Agencies that don't often get their regs overturned. Those requirements include things like providing the public advanced "notice" of their proposed actions and providing adequate evidence for their descision.
This is the type of comment that makes you glad your account is anonymous
Email us, call us. Meet with us in person. Tell us what happened, show us any evidence, and point us to other people who can corroborate the accounts. [email protected] - Beth
The athlete dining hall is a huge cafeteria in which all the athletes gather for some grub. I find that I naturally gravitate towards Team USA athletes since I know there won't be a language barrier, but I remember sitting with other skaters from other countries as well when I was there last time.
When I was growing up, math seemed formulaic and uncreative. It seemed just like regurgitation: if I figured out how to e.g. add fractions, it would be the same method anyone else would use. In particular, I found calculus boring and resolved not to take any more after high school.
In college everyone was required to take one semester of math, so I took number theory, thinking it would be easy. Numbers are simple; how much theory could there really be? Under Jordan Ellenberg, it turns out, a lot. Jordan showed me the creative side of mathematics, and I was hooked! Meanwhile, I got rejected from the Princeton creative writing class.
A large triangle, x, or sos on the ground, anything reflective, anything brightly colored, fire, and smoke. Thanks for participating. Symmetry, reflectivity, unnatural coloration, all catch the eye.
Not sure if this will get any visibility or a response, but I wanted to suggest that you provide (or obtain if you don't have one) a PGP key and share the public key here so that people concerned with privacy can share these details in a secure, encrypted manner.
This AMA is getting tens of thousands of views (possibly more) and it might be beneficial in encouraging those more hesitant to come forward with important information about the abuse of women, men and power by those in government and beyond.
I have no need to email (thank goodness) but it may be seen by the right person.
First off I just wanted to say I love you guys. Modern Jesus came up on my Spotify a few years ago and now you're probably my favorite band. Seeing you guys and Cage the Elephant last summer was an amazing experience.
What's the process usually like when you write a song? How do you come up with lyrics? I remember you guys said you wrote Feel it Still in like an hour. Is it usually like that, or do some songs take longer to perfect?
There's alot of talk nowadays about "white privilege." Do you feel like you've benefited from that at all, even though you're black? As a black man raised in a white family, what are your overall thoughts on the concept of privilege?
Tell her that you hate math. Then hating math won't be cool anymore.
(stay tuned for more serious advice to come :) )
He wasn't charged, I believe, because he was without water for ten hours on a hot day before using his flare.
That's so interesting ... and I don't know if it's common, but it seems so similar to Dani's situation ... puberty was really when she seemed to backslide ... I wonder what the correlation is there? How old were the children when they got adopted? From what I've heard, those Russian orphans were virtually feral ... so sad ... do you know there are volunteers in the neo-natal intensive care units of hospitals who just hold the babies so they'll get human touch from the time they're born? Those early connections seem to be so important!
Nah, every song and process is really different. They all come from different starting places (a drum beat, a melody, a lyric, a chord progression). Sometimes they come together really fast and sometimes we’ll work on a song over the course of a year or more. They most definitely don’t always come together as fast as FIS, but i think there’s something to be said about how natural that song sounds and that usually your first instinct is your best. Always good to try as many ideas as you can because you can always go back to the first gut instinct. -K
Were there any allegations brought to your attention that were not reported due to lack of credibility?
What’s your most and least favorite jump, and what’s your least favorite move (rockers, brackets, counters, chocktaws)?
What, or who, inspired you to become a writer? What about a computer science professor?
My boyfriend is currently studying computer science, he's unsure of what he wants to do quite yet but I think that's okay. He'll figure it out. What advice would you give to people who want to get into the computer science field? What about those who'd like to write a book?
How long did it take you to write the book for children?
By the way, thanks for doing this for us. I'm usually too shy to participate and ask questions but I decided to try today so I'm really sorry if one of my questions is too nosy or worded bad.
Hello Lane. My question, has anyone from the birth family or their neighbors ever indicate why Dani was neglected while her siblings were not? What ever became if her siblings?
Who would win in a fight macho Man Randy Savage in his prime or a coked up guy Fieri and the guy from smash mouth as a tag team?
This sounds like a well thought out, reasonably nuanced, non-emotionally-charged piece.
You have no place on reddit, get out.
The FCC like other agencies have a long history of their decisions being challenged in court. In fact, we are where we are today because the ISPs kept challenging the FCC's Net Neutrality regulations in court over the last decade. The ISPs have won this round at the FCC but turnabout is fair play and we'll undoubtably challenge the agency on some of the same grounds they did.
As far as timing - we can't go to court until the FCC's decision is published in the federal register so this whole thing will kick off sometime early next year. And then it could be a year or more until its resolved.
I posted on this ama saying people call me "the beef" and they hired me
Yes we chased all sorts of leads, tips, allegations and crazy rumors. We only reported what we were able to substantiate. Beth
My favorite jump is my double axel and my least favorite jump is definitely my triple salchow. Favorite move would have to be counter clockwise twizzles!
What, or who, inspired you to become a writer?
When I was at camp as a kid, we used to always tell ghost stories. But I didn't find them very scary. So I started to come up with my own. My whole cabin got nightmares.
How long did it take you to write the book for children?
We spent about a year on the initial draft, and then another year revising & getting it published. The most important part of writing a book is finishing it!
What about those who'd like to write a book?
As you can imagine, I was busy with many other projects during those two years. I think it's important for writers to have perspective on & experience in the world around them -- otherwise you just end up writing about writing.
Awesome. I just hope people realize that the footage is done over time, and those projects are done in half a day or anything lol. He's putting a lot of effort into those projects.
How did you prepare the victims in the case for the obvious attacks from the gutter press and that their testimonies' and character would be brought into question. Did it put them off speaking out? Thanks, real honour to hear your insight.
Hi Mirai, what do you enjoy most about the competing having been in some of the top competitions in the world? Also what's your diet like during training season? Thanks and good luck on PyeongChang!
I also “hated math” when I was in high school so I dropped it after I hit my requisite 2.5 years (I think I really just didn’t understand what its value was). I never finished algebra or took calculus or trigonometry. In college I was a political science major so I got away with only taking statistics.
Now I’m a lawyer and I realize that I probably would have been good at math and enjoyed it. In my line of work I can get by without it, but I deal with a lot of economics/econometrics expert reports and could add value if I understood the math.
Plus I want to exercise my formal logic muscles because they’re getting flabby.
What’s the best way to hop back into it? What websites/apps/etc. will not only teach me in an engaging way, but help me figure out where I should start?
I was not aware of this story. I just read what's posted on the website. This might be one of the most disturbing, yet uplifting things I've ever read.
This policy of attempting to keep a child with its parent(s), has this ever been revisited in this state? Is it like this everywhere? My parents were foster parents growing up and they cared for some kids in terrible situations. Nothing ever like this, but certainly prone to massive mood swings due to fetal alcohol syndrome and thing like this. In almost all cases, the children were returned to their mothers, except one where the child was adopted and another where she passed the age of 18 while living with my parents and continued to live with them after getting a job and paying rent.
Without telegraphing (ha!) the exact contours of our legal arguments regarding A&C review the agency must examine the relevant data and articulate reasons for the decisions it makes. There is plenty of evidence in the comment record that the FCC didn't do that.
There are also other standards the FCC must meet. For example, the agency must not have a "closed mind" when it begins a rule making. Months ago Chairman Pai stated that overturning Net Neutrality is a fight he "intends to win". We think that's a serious problem for the FCC.
We have watched it every day for the last 18 days.
This is Stephanie. All the women who decided to go on the record did so expecting that they would most likely be attacked. They all had their own ways of preparing for publication day. They were all unwavering in their decision to go public once that decision was made.
I enjoy challenging myself and trying to better myself in a high pressure situation.
During the season, I try to eat a balanced diet that includes lots of fruits and vegetables. I eat to fuel and have found that finding the right balance has been extremely important for my regime.
Great question! This is something I'm pretty passionate about.
In undergrad, my senior thesis was a book that would gradually introduce formal proof techniques to curious people with no more than a high school background, tentatively titled "Proof By Numbers". Princeton University Press was interested in helping me bring it to a wider audience, but then I left for grad school and didn't have time to go through their revision process. I plan to revisit that manuscript soon -- if you want to be a "beta" reader, please email [email protected] with "Proof By Numbers" in the subject line.
In the meantime, I'd recommend How Not to Be Wrong by one of my undergrad mentors, Jordan Ellenberg.
Mine? Twice. My boyfriend's? Countless times.
Rumor is that you and other outlets are preparing a blockbuster story outing dozens of lawmakers for years of sexual assault allegations. Since we're closing in on an election year, when can we expect these allegations to be revealed? And do they disproportionately involve one political party?
Thank you for doing this AMA and representing the US in the Olympics.
At what point did you know that you wanted to be an Olympic athlete?
Who is the Olympic athlete that you were most star struck when you met in person?
Can you tell us more about what it's like to work at IEX? As a quant for a fund that I assume is nonprofit what kinds of problems are you tackling? From what I know, most quants are trying to make more money for their firm.
How do you balance being a quant and a professor at the same time?
For context to others, IEX is a stock exchange founded by Brad Katsyuma to combat the exploitative methods of high frequency traders. He is the protagonist of Michael Lewis' Flashboys.
That's excellent news. I just sent your story to my mother. I'm sure she'll find it interesting and heart wrenching. Great job, by the way. You told this story the way it needed to be told. Still can't believe the birth mother agreed to an interview.
We don't comment on reporting that is ongoing but there is a a lot of bad information out there. Our own reporting related to Roy Moore and Project Veritas shows that there are deliberate efforts to spread false information. - Beth
Thanks for having me!
As a little girl I watched skaters like Kristi Yamaguchi and Michelle Kwan and wanted to be just like them. However, I didn't have a definitive moment where I decided I wanted to be an Olympic athlete. I've just always wanted to the best and I think becoming an Olympic athlete was a part of that goal.
Every time that I see Michelle Kwan, I'm awe struck because she is the epitome of a role model. She's always so nice to everyone and the way she conducts herself is something I truly admire.
For a sample of the kind of work I do for IEX, you can see my recent whitepaper: The Evolution of the Crumbling Quote Signal
I try to balance work in industry and academia because I felt that staying only in academia was handicapping me in understanding real world systems, and I wanted to work directly on things that have a positive social impact.
In terms of time and energy, it is a difficult balance. I teach crypto at night.
Sadly, they don't desalinate. I do recommend them for hiking though.
I can't either! That's always so surprising to me. The folks I least think will agree to talk are often most grateful I asked! She kept thanking me for at least wanting to know her side of the story ... and she gave me a ton of court records and medical records that I wouldn't have been able to get because of privacy concerns. Just handed me this huge Hefty bag of documents and said, "You might want these. I don't know what's in there. But I don't need it back." A journalist's dream come true!
The Beatles and The Wu-Tang Clan. -Z
So how do you guys really feel about your competitors burger King, McDonald's, and Arby's?
Your team was surely aware the report would be disputed by Moore’s ardent supporters, no matter how much research. Was there discussion over how to respond to a group that dismisses any and all evidence? Was there a need to convince them the allegations are credible, not biased?
There is a guy here in Norway that has a tv show about driving to the olympics except that he doesn't have a license so he got to ask random people to drive his car to SK. Would you watch that?
I noticed that your TEDx talk uses the gruesome example of hiring assassins to showcase the need for encryption. I understand that the example is far removed from reality (need to replace the head of the Rabbithole IT department to save some kittens).
How do you feel about the stance of some governments against encryption, and the argument that citizens who have nothing to hide shouldn't be using methods that can prevent interception from law enforcement?
Sure, both in the courts and in Congress. As we've said, there are serious legal defects with the order and Rep Doyle and Sen. Markey have stated they're going to introduce a bill disapproving of the FCC's vote today and restoring the 2015 rules.
Obviously we think we are the best. Arby's tweets sweet anime and video game stuff, so no hate there.
Before the story was published, we went to the campaign with all of our key findings, including the names of the women and an overview of their claims. The Moore campaign never responded specifically to those claims. Instead they made a general statement: "These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign." Beth
Yes, is it on Netflix?
In my opinion, encryption and related tools are incredibly important even to citizens with "nothing to hide."
Even if I don't have sensitive information in my communications, I may still want to access the internet in such a way that my view is not filtered and targeted to my identity or my location, for example. Frankly I am as concerned about companies on this front as I am about governments.
Mandating that all information flow must be able to be monitored and outlawing things like end-to-end encryption would make it impossible for people to access information in an unlinked and "neutral" way. Imagine a world where everything you can see is tailored to your identity and history - without you having any way of knowing that this is happening! We need to give people tools to control how they receive information, not just how they send it.
they make hand held desal filters but they're like $700.
Russia is an acquired taste. I've spent a lot of time there doing various things. I'm obsessed with the country despite the fact that I do deal with quite a bit of bullshit while I'm there (people openly pointing and laughing, coming up to me on the train and asking if I have any drugs for sale, talking shit about me in Russian which I speak, the constant stop-and-frisks and document checks by the police, don't get me started on what it's like going to smaller cities and towns). It's hard to explain, I guess it's sort of a love-hate relationship. Being black in Russia is certainly "interesting", haha.
The longest I have spent in the field is 4 months at one time - it is a long time. I do love photos that make a difference - like the Hollywood Cougar - it sparked a movement in greater Los Angeles - where people are happy to live with wildlife in such a large urban area. Now the largest wildlife overpass in the world will be built over the 101 Freeway at Liberty Canyon. #SAVELACougars
is it possible to combine cosmetic surgery with medical implantation (e.g. heart rate monitor, tumor removal)?
Serious question. Did you sue them before 2015? If so what was the outcome? Is that how we got NN originally?
What amount of contact, if any, did you have with the "National Democrat Party" in the course of developing the story?
JFC: I'm not accusing them, just asking to reinforce that Moore's camp are liars. Please stop asploding my inbox.
We love your Miss Saigon free skate and your dogs!
Have you seen Miss Saigon on Broadway yet?
What has been the hardest part of getting your triple axel consistent?
As an avid Drag Race fan, what is your favorite season and favorite lipsync?
What is your favorite musical?
Is Michelle Kwan as magical as she appears to be?
Thanks for doing this!
How do you come up with ideas for new research?
How do you handle when a research project you spent a lot of time on fails to work?
The ISPs sued again and again over the last decade as the FCC tried to enforce Net Neutrality rules. We ended up with the 2015 order when the courts made it clear that if the FCC wants to enforce Net Neutrality rules it must do so under Title II of the Communications Act.
Not like big time trouble, but sure, we've been "talked to."
Failure happens a lot!
I like to have multiple areas of research going at once, which increases the chance of something working. It helps that cryptographers are unusually good at turning failure into results: when a system breaks, we all learn something. (when we fail to break a system, we're also happy, for different reasons!) Often, these failures lead to ideas for new research.
Also, I have a favorite boxing gym.
How do you deal with people's disappointment when they find out you're not a hot animated redhead?
Some people, including many prominent politicians, have said that these are "40 year old allegations" and that diminishes their importance and that they were only brought up to prevent him from getting the seat in the Senate. How do you respond to that? Do you believe that these stories should break in a way/time to have maximum impact?
Edit: I do believe the allegations and think that they are absolutely important to know. I also understand why the story is being given attention now-especially with the WaPo's answer below-and think it's a great thing it received national attention.
I am a biologist working with anthrax ecology in the Namibian deserts. Sometimes I have American students, and they tend to bring just too. much. stuff. Like the safari tourists who all come in full khaki clothing to sit in their buses. We have to occasionally burn our clothes when they get too contaminated, so expensive "outdoors clothing" would be an intolerable waste of money on a researcher's budget. It is just working outside, and even the lions are almost never a problem as long as we work in pairs. How can we teach kids to freak out a bit less, and not see every contact with nature as a case of extreme survival needing expensive gadgets?
Thank you so much for doing this AMA. This is the first I have heard of this story, and I spent much of my time reading through tears. Your sensitive, even handed, and in depth treatment of this subject, and all involved, shows me that your Pulitzer was/is well deserved. Bernie is nothing less than amazing, and an example to us all of what unconditional love really means.
guys, been fan since PSU daze. My friends and I saw you at Wow Hall in Eugene, Oregon plenty of times. Thank you for all the fond mmrz. My question is in your wildest dreams did you ever think you'd have the #3 single in the country? What has the last year of your life been like? Am I still gonna run into Zach at Kellys Olympian?
I would want to hug them if I knew they couldn't rip me apart in seconds lol.
This is Stephanie: naturally, when there is a race for U.S. Senate, especially a high profile one, reporters are going to begin doing all sorts of stories to try to illuminate the candidates. So it makes sense that reporters would be in the Gadsden area at this time, asking questions. Other than that, our only focus was reporting the story thoroughly and publishing if and when it was solid.
Hot but not burning lava hot, so whatever tempurature that would be. Comfortable.
No, my little brother Pat (who's always had a dark sense of humor) beat me at Nintendo too many times when we were kids, and I lost the spirit.
I would say put them through a basic field course first. Once they are i the field with nothing, they learn to appreciate how little they actually need. Thanks for participating!
Thank you for taking the time to read the story ... it was my honor to get to follow Dani's journey, and to reconnect all these years later.
That shit hit number 1 on the pop charts! So wild. Never thought this song would go as far as it has. Been a super fun ride and we’re still in the middle of it. Chances of running into me at any dive bar in Portland are high. For years a close friend of mine worked at Kelly’s so I would pop in often to hang, but not as much since she left. -Z
How can we be close to these cats? Lets make sure they have a future on our planet. Vote - from local to national elections - laws of protection come from the local up to national level. That is real concrete way to help - also find a good organization to help. Build a Boma with NG big cat initiative! Save lions that way.
The night before the election, one of Roy Moore's Army buddies told an anecdote of a time they witnessed a fellow soldier patronize a brothel, in Vietnam, that he said had "very young girls" - has there been any investigation into that claim or is it not worth chasing?
hi mirai! i'm seeing miss saigon tonight and i'll be thinking of you! how is lexi? how the hell do you even own that many dogs and maintain your schedule? i have one puppy and i've missed the gym for a week.
Hi! As a freshman CompSci major who also loves to read/write and isn't in love with math, I'd like to know in what other ways have you seen people blend the two besides writing for children?
Good point. Do you have any good suggestions as to where I could refer prospective US students to go get some experience before coming over?
My problem is, I don't have the opportunity to teach basic field to American students, me being a Norwegian working in Namibia in this case. As we in Norway have conscription, and I spent some time deployed after that and work with some other ex-military colleagues from the Namibian and South African armed forces, I expect 25-year old grownups to have a decent amount of field experience before they come to work on my projects, but this is often not the case. So having somewhere for them to get a bit comfy before they come, so they don't burn themselves out unnecessarily just living in a comfy camp would be excellent.
I did reach out to that buddy but he didn't get back to me. Beth
You're going to have a great time!
Lexi is doing great! Three dogs is definitely a lot but it was hard to say no when I knew they needed a home.
The puppy stage is probably the hardest since you have to potty train them and you have to let them out more often. Word of advice, puppies go through a serious chewing stage. I always have bones lying around so that they have something to chew on and don't chew something you don't want them to. Soup bones from the supermarket are great for them.
I'm encouraged to see the explosion of apps & games written by young people. I'm not an app developer myself, but I think interactive storytelling is a growing opportunity to advance both technology & culture.
On a totally different note, I like seeing CS researchers try their hand at automating humor. For instance, my colleague Lydia Chilton has a paper on AI joke writing!
On an other other note, you can come hear me perform nerdy standup at Caveat's "Symposium" in NYC!
I know just the place.
How big was the web of enablers? Or was it just shrugged off by the people around him as something that was somehow culturally acceptable?
Any chance we’ll get the name of the restaurant to try some delicious sushi?
How many math classes did you take to get a CS degree? Would you consider a B.S. in computer science to be worth it?
That sounds like great fun! I'd love to participate in one of those.
And first aid and map navigation are crucial basics! Very useful!
But apart from that I was more thinking of simple everyday things like:
How to remember to fill the extra jerrycans of fuel and water before going out, but FFS don't tighten the lid in the cold morning so it bursts in the heat of the day. Calculate fuel for gravel roads correctly.
How to drive on gravel roads without fucking up your tires or tipping your car, and without shaking your kidneys loose, and watch out for those overloaded trucks.
How to maintain an old car so it doesn't break down on you. The closest triple A equivalent might be days away if at all.
It will break down sometimes nevertheless. How to make it still go to where you need. Or use a fucking VHF for when you absolutely can't.
Some spiders and snakes are venomous. Some are not. Don't freak out over the ones that aren't, you're not getting them out of the shower anyway.
There are snakes and scorpions. Bring your flashlight when you go out at night, and keep an eye on the ground for the darn puffadders, but otherwise learn that they aren't out to get you so relax.
There are occasional leopards. So have your kid make noise when he needs to go out at night, but remember they don't attack adults.
How to talk to people that don't think your own country is the best of the world. Most are still nice. Including the poor and black ones. Learn to recognize the exceptions to this rule without being scared to go out to the pub at night when we have some days in town!
When to shut up and GTFO. When to stand up and pick a fight. How to not get on the wrong side of the local police or other powers that be.
Learn how much food you need, and what will spoil before you can eat it, so you don't have to trek to the shop every week!
How to maintain your boots and other kit. How to not have your shit stolen.
Learn that jackals may have rabies, so don't feed them from your fucking table! And avoid feral dog packs. But don't kill the neighborhood stray -some kids love that dog and their mom may be manning the local Police checkpoint tomorrow morning...
We talked to many people who said they had "heard" about Moore pursuing teenaged girls or said "everyone knew" but we worked hard to find people with direct knowledge of his behavior. A couple of the women we wrote about had openly dated Moore when they were teenagers so it wasn't a secret. Beth
Restaurant Kiyosuzu in Arcadia, CA. Be kind to my mom, her English isn't the best but that's how you know you're getting authentic sushi.
My first two degrees were in math, so, a lot! That's not a typical path, but it gave me a strong foundation.
I think CS degrees and math degrees are both valuable, and I encourage people to take classes in both.
It would be simple for us to customize a course based on these needs. It's basic field stuff in austere conditions. One of our team is a certified snake handler (out of Australia no less) and we both have experience in Africa and other remote locations.
Do you think Roy Moore will still have a career in Alabama politics after all of this?
We love Kiyosuzu (Pasadena represent) - best neighborhood Japanese restaurant and have been going for 10+ years. Everyone there is so very proud of you!
To a computer engineering graduate (bachelor's) with average mathematical knowledge, do you recommend MS in CS or is it safer to just go work in some coding job?
Can I send you some of our stretchy tactical pants to get your take on how they hold up? We're a family owned company, been making uniforms for public safety for 81 years. This is not a promo thing.
If you have the option to work in CS, I usually say "take it". You will learn more about what you do & don't know, and what areas of study interest you. If you then decide to go back to school, you have that option.
Otherwise, I typically only recommend a MS in CS to those whose undergrad degree is in something else.
wow that would be great! I love new gear, and all of my work pants must have stretch. please DM me here and I'll send a shipping address. If they're great I'll recommend them!
Hi, great work!! I am a journalist and wish to know how you initially discovered -- before you found out the information Stephanie laid out in the video -- that the woman sent by Project Veritas was not telling the truth? Any tips on how to better vet people who I interview and who are dishonest and attempting to pull off a hoax would be much appreciated, thanks!
I'd seriously like to know how you manage your skating time with other things in your life like school and such?
We use a variety of public records and social media to match their story and to help determine their accuracy. But it can be an issue for news organizations that don't want to spend money on the tools and staff that can do this. Many media organizations have closed down or decimated their research departments. - Alice
Coffee. You're welcome.
How was the the twitter team selected? Compared to other franchises' on twitter y'all have been on point on the roasting, entertainment & just being funny.
thinly veiled the antisemitism was.
B-But the Moore campaign had a lawyer who’s a Jew!
What song would you choose for a Last Chance Lipsync?
How can Computer Science and other STEM majors attract more women?
Good to know the morakniv I bought was worth it
Not familiar with the reference, but everything so far I've said is true.
Our Twitter team has mostly been on the account for years. So not totally sure how we were chosen. Maybe because we are all so cute.
For one thing, I think we need to push back against the myth that if you haven't started in computer science/STEM very young, you won't be able to keep up. Also, we need to do a better job of showing all students the role that STEM can play in domains they may already care about: like the role of mathematics in medical imaging, the role of computer science in disaster relief and response, the role of statistics in baseball, etc.
But actually we are starting to see more women in STEM majors in some undergrad programs these days, for example at Columbia, though this trend is far from universal. But retaining women in the academic pipeline and industry at large beyond that remains more of a challenge.
Heck ya it was!
Can you reply to this so I have something to tell my parents to be proud of me for?
Can you PLEASE do some sleuthing on Ajit Pai? Asking for a friend.
There is no doubt your story and your follow up made an impact on society. Everyone that reads it get the feels.
Do you think reporting tragedies like this, including the follow up which wasn't a happy ending for anyone as far as I can tell, make an appreciable difference in society? Does it raise awareness and make essentially good people better members for being more vigilant outside their own bubble of the world, or is it just limited to being better within their own bubble? (reporting more hinky things and potentially saving more children from fates maybe not as dire as Dani's, but still awful, on up to fates worse than hers, versus just making more of an effort with our own children.)
Is the latter good enough to make the world at large a better place in your opinion?
We've just confirmed it. Set your reminders. Proof
This is Gene, the social media editor who runs this reddit account. I can tell you that I'm working to land an AMA elsewhere with our net neutrality reporter Brian Fung, who's been covering the issue for longer than he can remember. Stay tuned!
Vancouver Olympics! It's more than just competing. The Olympics are so much more and it's so exciting!
Computer Science is the study of what can & cannot be computed, and how efficiently. An example of something that cannot be computed is a one sentence explanation of computer science.
Are you all comedians who also do social media stuff, or are you just social media people?
Consider me tuned.
Hey Mirai! Big fan of you these past few years, I watched you skate in person at Skate Canada GP last season! Thanks for doing this AMA! I have 2 questions for you.
I saw on USADA.org that you were one of the most tested figure skaters this year, do you think they saw videos of your 3A on social media? I hope you get +GOE on it soon ;D
Also this season has been pretty injury plagued for a lot of skaters due to a variety of reasons, how do you personally, as a skater who has been on the senior circuit for a long time, ward off injuries?
I'm not sure if you'll see this, but this AMA caught my attention because I'm studying Computer Science, and there aren't many women in this field, so I'm grateful I've found someone I can aspire to be.
What's some advice you'd give another woman trying to survive in this field? I'm so close to graduation, but I'm terrified of the real world setting, and that I'll get swallowed up in the male dominated field.
Also, I'm a CS tutor, and yet I struggle with math (I took PreCalc this semester and did horribly on every exam). How do I get better outside the classroom when I don't give a damn about math? I read your comments about applying math in a 'fun' way, but how do I get through boring coursework in the meantime?
What's some advice you'd give another woman trying to survive in this field? I'm so close to graduation, but I'm terrified of the real world setting, and that I'll get swallowed up in the male dominated field.
First off, don't disqualify yourself from a game you want to play. If it turns out you can't do something, learn that the hard way. If you quit preemptively, you definitely can't do it. You don't have to commit to this industry (or any industry) for the rest of your life. The skills you pick up in tech will serve you well in whatever you decide to do. And there are lots of different kinds of jobs and different kinds of companies in this industry - it's ok to switch around until you find what suits you in a place with coworkers who don't suck.
I love you.
Many years ago there was a Wendy's conveniently located within half a mile of my office. It was replaced by a Tim Horton's which has since been replaced by a bank. Not a single morning has gone by that I haven't woken up thinking about having Wendy's for lunch, only to remember that it is no longer a possibility. I start my day, every day, by standing in front of a mirror screaming "Why is this happening to me?!" while pulling out tufts of hair from my head.
So, if you had to choose somewhere other than Wendy's to eat lunch, where would it be?
The 5th reported person to accuse Roy Moore was Beverly Young Nelson (with the Year Book). She appears to have been brought to the media's attention by Gloria Allred. Did the WaPo vet and check her story before adding her to the Washington Post's list of accusers?
Do you think there will be a point in ladies skating where quads or triple axels will be a normal thing? I ask because of the crazy technical evolution in men's skating these past four years.
Any advice for a computer science undergrad looking for internships/work?
Has she responded to music or art (drawing, finger painting ect) in any meaningful way? Is her dexterity advanced enough to the point where she could manipulate a brush/pencil or attempt to put together Legos or stack blocks?
Maybe grab a lollipop at that bank?
We reached out to Gloria repeatedly to try to connect with Beverly but she did not respond. Family members also declined to talk to us. So we did not report that we had confirmed her story. - Beth
Fun to watch, I understand that it's entertainment more than anything. I've worked with three of the women; Ky Furneaux (tough as nails), Anastasia Ashley (great and creative girl), and Manu Toigo (can probably kick your ass). Also one of the guys trolled me on instagram and challenged me to a jiujitsu match to decide who the best survival expert is. I like the women better.
Now that the election race is over do you think the victims will be taken more seriously? There was a good amount of Alabama white women and men voters thought the allegations were faked to derail Moore.
Edit: I was wrong to think it was majority source. scroll down to where it says most women and independents thought allegations were true.
What is the name of your parents' sushi restaurant? I would love to -roll- on by for a visit!
Hi can you fill out my course equivalency form for Crypto? lol
You guys are my absolute favorite band! I love how each album is so completely different but still uniquely you.
Are you guys ever going to do anything else with the endangered song? I know the point was that it’s supposed to go extinct if the fans don’t pass it on, but it’s my favorite of your songs and I don’t have a copy other than a not-very-good rip from online.
Edit: also Sumatran tigers are coincidentally my favorite animals, so thank you for helping to raise awareness about their endangered status.
We're a bunch of youngins
I think the fact that so many media outlets followed our stories reached out to the women we talked to shows that that they were taken seriously. Beth
Restaurant Kiyosuzu! Make sure you send me a post! I'd love to see photos!
Sort of like it did on yours ... It is just unbelievable that a mother could do that to her own child, and not go to jail for even a day ... and even more unbelievable that strangers would take a girl like that into their home and give her a real family, despite all the work and anguish it meant for them ...
Thanks for the love, as far as copies of the song... it’s indeed a rare bird. It was even one of my favorite songs of the era. That’s part of how all these things work. Nothing like a rare song you have to hunt down and not have an easy way to enjoy it, I go through the same thing with some of my favorite songs. Long live the treasure hunt! It keeps it special, rare, and to not over indulge. Best of luck. JS
Have the execs ever been pissed at you for a tweet? And have you ever had a particularly brutal one that you decided not to post?
Have there been attempts from groups other than Project Veritas to seed disinformation in order to discredit your investigation? If so, will those be revealed?
Also, as an aside, will you please pass on our most profound thanks to the women whose bravery exposed Roy Moore (further) for what he is. I cannot even fathom the courage and tenacity they had to summon to tell their story. This country is in their debt for helping to save us from the corrupted rule of power mongers like Moore. All the very best to them.
Have you watched Yuri on Ice? If so, what did you think of the skate routines?
If you (or anyone else) haven't watched it, I'm linking to a video with two of the routines below. If you love ice skating, it's worth a watch.
What would you recommend for someone that wants to get into teaching CS?
I have a Bachelor's in Computer Engineering, a lot of software engineering and dev experience, and I've tutored in CS. I've also done technical training for junior team members at my current job.
I'd love to be a CS teacher, on the high school level—maybe even college, though I'm not so sure they'd take me seriously without a masters or PhD. I'm just not sure where and how to get started. I could take education classes, but my state (PA) doesn't have much in the way of certifications for computer science.
How did you get into teaching CS? Any words of wisdom for someone aspiring to teach CS?
Just wanted to say that I think your writing is amazing, Holly Zachariah from the Columbus Dispatch came in to one of my classes and shared the lede's to some of your stories and I just had goosebumps. As an aspiring journalist, I genuinely appreciate your work!
Just wanted to ask, what advice do you have for students who want to do special project stories like this in their careers?
I remember seeing you guys at Vooruit in Gent - Belgium (a fairly small stage), since then you have become extremely famous, how does that feel and how did it happen? Did the release of 'feel it still' just set everything in motion?
We do stop ourselves from posting some stuff. Might save those ones for r/roastme
There were a few hoaxes associated with our reporting. This stories lays out some of them. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/in-roy-moores-senate-race-anonymous-threats-deceptive-texts-alternative-facts/2017/11/15/711c29b2-ca15-11e7-b0cf-7689a9f2d84e_story.html?utm_term=.ceeee5a72bcc Beth
Thanks, I'll check it out!
Hey, thanks to Holly! That's great to hear! ... As for advice, I think you have to start small, write a little narrative around a city council meeting, find a scene to illuminate a larger news story in 1,000 words or less, practice writing about senses: taste and smell, especially. Then find a project you can do while you're still covering news. You don't want to check out for six months, put all your eggs in that basket, and have it not be the most monumental thing you've ever accomplished. But if you're still writing dailies and covering news now and then, you can better chip away a project, and convince the editors to give you time to report once you've done some work on your own and know more what the story is ... also, find a great photographer to partner with. All my best projects have been a true collaboration with a photographer who is going out and doing the reporting and watching the scenes unfold with me, not after the fact. And it helps immeasurably to have someone to talk over the story with while you're reporting, before you start writing.
Some other advice, which you didn't ask for, but since I wrote this to a college journalism student not long ago ... she asked me what advice my 50-year-old self would give to 20-year-old me, and what mistakes I had made ... so here goes:
I wish I hadn't thought I had to be so smart. When I was starting out, I was afraid the politician I was profiling would realize I didn't understand property taxes; that the hockey coach I had to interview would out me for not knowing a hat trick from a helmet; that the commercial fisherman would think me unworthy of sharing his story because I had never been on a trawler. So I tried to study as much as I could beforehand and fake my way through difficult interviews, nodding and taking notes. Then I'd sit down to write and realize I really had no idea how to explain what was going on to my readers. That wasn't fair to them -- or the subjects.
As I've gotten older, I've realized, it's okay to not know -- it can even be endearing. When you ask people to explain, tell them you're far from an expert, offer that you have to be able to break this down so all the audience can understand, subjects appreciate that. They want to help you get what they're doing, see what's important to them. They don't want you to BS them, or get it wrong. So they won't see you as dumb but rather as smart for asking so many questions, for admitting your fallibility, for wanting to get it right.
Instead of trying to stay out of the story, I wish I had shared myself more. I thought it was important for a reporter to remain on the sidelines, sort of sheltered from her subjects, and in the early years I think I used my notebook as a shield. I was asking people all these questions, sometimes really personal questions, but I never let them know that I was only 25, or was scared of sharks, or that my car had broken down on the way to the interview and that's why I was so flustered and late. I thought I should be sort of teflon-like, untouchable. But that only shut me down, and kept people at a distance.
Being pregnant, I think, helped me move into a new phase of reporting. There was no hiding that from my sources, and it gave them something to talk about that was personal, that I couldn't keep inside, that helped them connect to me as a person -- not just a reporter. Plus, I couldn't hide that belly behind a notepad :)
Now I tell everyone I talk to that I'm a writer -- not a reporter, that sounds scary -- that I'm 46 years old, married to my college sweetie, who is a drummer, that I have two teenage boys and two crazy dogs and a turtle the size of a dinner plate. That lets them think of me as a wife, a mom, an animal lover -- not just someone who wants to dive in and ask them to open up without sharing herself. Dogs, kids and cars will get anyone talking. And it's important to talk to people, not just interview them. I also let them lead and guide the story now: Where do you want to start? What do you want people to know? (I used to think I had to be in charge ...)
I wish I hadn't thought I knew what the story was about before I reported it. When I was starting out, my editor often told me what the story was about before I ever went out to report it -- so I tried to tailor my questions and observations and even the writing to what I thought the editor wanted. But the story you set out to get isn't always the story that's really there, or the best way to tell it, or even a true reflection of whatever reality you're trying to capture.
I wish editors had given me more leeway to say, okay, here's an idea, now go out there then come back and tell me what you think the story is. I wish I had had more confidence to say, no, really, this is what I saw and think ... or maybe there isn't even really a story there at all. Being willing to go with your gut, to let the story morph and evolve, to see where it fits into the context of people's lives, makes the experience so much richer, the story so much better. And closer to the truth.
I wish I had pitched more stories I wanted to do, instead of tackling assignments I didn't want to do.
I wish I had done more stories I wanted to do in my own time, instead of making excuses like the editors won't give me time.
I wish I had taken more risks with my writing early on, let myself experiment with voice and dialog, different structures and chronology, trusted myself more to just tell a story and not feel like my job was to share information.
I wish I had read more short stories and fewer newspaper articles.
I wish I had attached myself to more senior writers I admired, asked more questions, gotten more advice.
I wish I had done fewer phoners and gotten sunburned on more boats.
I wish I had known that it was okay to make mistakes, that no matter how brilliant -- or bad -- your story is, another paper will come out tomorrow, so it's okay to try something that might not work. But it's not okay not to try. Or to bore yourself by always doing what's safe. Or to think your readers will care if you don't.
Dude, that place is so cool and crazy! Different countries and stations sometimes take longer to pick up a single. Feel it Still had already moved to pop radio in the states when we were on that Vooruit tour. Since then we’ve been doing great on Belgium radio. The UK as an example is juuuust starting to play us. Everywhere is different, but having a hit in different countries certainly helps. -eric
Do one of your staff actually play(ed) RUNESCAPE? Or did you guys have to research who the greatest player of all time?
Edit: this seriously was a LEGENDARY tweet by your team. It really hyped up the Runescape communities!
I watch a few right-wing Facebook pages and still see the "WaPo offered $1,000 for a Moore accuser" memes spread daily. By now, they have been stripped of any details for fact checking (they don't embed the tweet, for instance, and just make the assertion) so it is very hard to try to refute it. I alternate between trying gently to show the other commenters that it is incorrect, and just ripping into them for being gullible rubes supporting stolen valor (from the twitter account's identity appropriation).
It feels pointless to try to engage. Fake news is so asymmetric in that it is so easy to make, easy for some to believe, and nearly impossible to remove. 1) How do you deal personally with being targeted by fake news and 2) any ideas on ways to stop it?
Since you've started skating, how has your training evolved over time? Have you used any new techniques, or recovery methods?
What is your favorite kind of sushi?
Do you have any plans after skating?
Were is your favorite place to skate/visit?
Thanks for answering!
Hello, Ms. Bishop!
I'm in a very similar circumstance to you right now - I've spent most of my teen life dreaming of writing, but now I want to be a cryptographist/infosec specialist.
My question for you: do you feel as if you approach what you do differently from your peers?
I'm taking a programming course in my high school right now, and oftentimes my solutions to assignments are vastly different from others in the class (who seem to have a much lower tolerance for varying approaches to similar but unique assignments). For example, we're currently making a program that determines end behavior of a polynomial - in approximately 200 lines of code, I check for degree (regardless of format - location of degree term doesnt matter), sign of the degree term, and error-check user input (of the polynomial). Many other students in the class are struggling to find the sign of the polynomial's degree term if the function is not written in standard form, and I think my writing background (and probably massive interest) are helping me a lot. There's not a lot of writers-turned-programmers that I know, so I'd be interested to hear what you think. :)
My writing background helps me intuitively find the simplest explanation that makes sense. I try to avoid over-engineering for the same reason I strive for brevity.
The best advice writers get is don't be afraid to "kill your darlings". A lot of engineers need to be told that, too.
The worst I've seen was a wrecked cattle carrier full of sheep. Detached from the truck and slammed into a hillside at 50mph. It was 90F+ out too. The extrication was some straight PTSD shit lmao. Sheep carnage.
Hey Wendy's Twitter, How much do you think that your account's popularity has actually increased sales? Furthermore, why do you all think that more brands don't copy you?
Based on your experience with the accusers why do you believe they chose to make themselves public now rather than during one of Judge Moore's other statewide campaigns? Do you believe the #meToo movement empowered them - or was there some other factor?
hi mirai!!! i've been a fan of your personality, your work ethic, and drive for success since your junior days! you're a big inspiration to me!
question: what do you see yourself doing/getting involved with after you finish your skating career? has any class at your college open you up to a new possible career path in the future?
Thank you so much for the response! It's nice to feel a bit of vindication.
Followup question: what do you mean by "dont be afraid to 'kill your darlings'" in reference to programming/engineering?
Wow. I knew there were bad parents that I would beat if I could...but this "mother" if you can even give her that title...she ruined Dani's life. Dani is gonna be dealing with this her whole life and as such the mother should suffer in every way imaginable. Screw being humane this "mother" doesn't deserve that. Now that Im done ranting, what is the extent of the charges if thats been made public?
It's hard to say whether they were influenced by the broader national environment. As for Leigh Corfman, her reasons for coming forward now were detailed in the story. She did think about coming forward during an earlier campaign, but was concerned about repercussions for her young children. - Stephanie
I'm going for a degree in international business and I'm hoping that my background in Japanese can open up some opportunities there.
Being savage on the internet is scary for brand teams. How did/do you sooth their concerns?
I do have a question. Partially related to this.
Last month, someone from Project Veritas tried to give you fake accusations in order to discredit you and discredit the legitimate accusations against Moore, until you caught them.
Do you have any plans to file a lawsuit or anything like that against Project Veritas?
I know you travel a lot, but do you get to see most places that you compete in? If so, what has been some of the most memorable places? Thanks.
How did you find a publisher willing to sign you up when you had no background in writing?
Success happened before anyone had a chance to be scared. And then we just kept going through mistakes.
No, nothing that we are aware of. - Alice
I got to go into the White house and shake Obama's hand. Wow, right.
As investigative journalists, how often do you have to confront fear, or work in fear? With a record number of journalists imprisoned this year, and increasing hostility toward journalists and news outlets, do you ever fear doing your job or uncovering something that would be dangerous to report? How do you deal with these emotions (if they exist at all) and continue to deliver good work?
How do you feel about no NHL players being involved in the men's hockey tournament this year?
How do you feel about Columbia's stress culture? Do you think the CS students are overworked?
I didn't feel scared reporting in Gadsden, Ala. One of my colleagues. Liz Sly, the Beirut bureau chief, recently talked at a company-wide awards ceremony about the dangers she and other foreign correspondents face every day. That is real bravery. - Beth
I do think students these days are overworked. It's not unique to Columbia or CS, but I think we as a faculty and institution in general should do more to give students better perspective & balance. 5 years from now, nobody will care if you got a B+ instead of an A-. But it doesn't always feel that way at the time.
I mean, it has to be the Black Friday one. I applied aloe vera after reading it.
Thank you very much for your quality reporting.
When you've spent time researching and putting together a bombshell like this, is it hard to transition back to working on the day-to-day journalism?
I've been figure skating for close to 10 years now and I've gone through several rough patches that have made me want to quit skating all together. Have you ever gone through through something like this and what advice would you give to someone going through this as well?
Are you self publishing through Amazon/Createspace or did you go the traditional publisher route?
Big fan of the latest music videos (well all of them really) and how you guys are always experimenting with them. Any chance you might give a VR music video a go at some point?
I'm going on vacation for two weeks! - Beth
Yeah absolutely! Not making the 2014 team was one of those moments for me.
I think about if quitting is something I truly want or it's a temporary feeling. I still love training even though I hate falling.
dang it! thanks I'm on it. fixed it. the last thing i want on my site is the internets most hated grammatical error!
Not something we talked about but i wouldn’t count it out. We love making music videos and are always trying to make something new and fun. The live in the moment video was rad to make. -K
Do you need another member? I don’t have a Twitter, and I have no marketable skills, but my friends call me “the beef”
You said that you reported on allegations that could be substantiated. How do you substantiate claims about inappropriate sexual activity, which might not have been witnessed directly by anyone who wasn't there?
I do a lot of multi-week motorcycle camping trips in the more remote areas of the western states. I carry a lot of the typical expensive outdoorsy gadgets that you'll find most yuppies have (InReach, jetboil stove, kurydan filter, tent, sleeping bag, etc), but is there anything really simple that you find people often overlook that can make a huge difference to survival or enjoyment of trips?
I remember a while back there was some controversy about "Modern Jesus" (favorite song btw) so what's the official meaning behind the song?
That's often true and it is hard. We looked into the backgrounds of the women we interviewed to see if they had a history of fraud or making false allegations. In some cases, we talked to friends or relatives with whom they had shared their stories. - Beth
Don't do Inreach or Spot, do ACR. Even the Coast Guard uses them and no subscription needed. Also, satellite phone rentals and minutes are more and more affordable.
Making fire from scratch in foul weather is the most difficult survival skill. Not very many people carry a good accelerant. I recommend either esbit cubes, fast fire, or webber grill cubes. Wet fire cubes are also good but they come in smaller portions which mean shorter burn times. They all burn at over 1000F but the first 3 last for over ten minutes, wet fire averages around 5-6. Also, UCO stormproof matches only. Go for the titans if you have room. Once lit they can't be extinguished, they even burn under water. Forget fire steels. Thanks for your question!
I think everyone interprets that song differently. To me it’s just about having faith in yourself. -K
Congrats to you guys and Moon Pie for being the only brands I follow. What other brands don't suck on Twitter?
Is there a particular tweet of yours that you feel deserves more love than it got?
What is your vetting process for stories like this? Do you only publish allegations that you are certain of, or do you instead leave personal opinions out of it and publish if you think there is some sort of credible basis?
So excited for Figure Skating! Can you tell me what goes into the process or decision making for choosing your costumes? Good luck. We are routing for you!
Really appreciate the advice! I hadn't thought about fire starting stuff, definitely going to google everything you recommended and get something to carry with me.
I like the InReach not just for the SOS, but so my friends and family can track my progress on maps and for the bi-directional texting.
We interviewed the women repeatedly, to make sure their recollections were consistent. We only reported details they were certain about, and when possible, we talked to people they had shared their stories with (mothers, friends, et al). We asked them if they had kept journals. (No). We also, when possible, pulled public records that would corroborate their stories. Beth
A quick sketch and I talk to my dress maker about the concept I'm going for. Then bang, there's a dress at my door.
I don’t look at any list of tour dates and get bummed out on anywhere. Every city has an identity and some places have incredible history, but some of my favorite shows have been in hole-in-the-wall clubs in the suburbs. I do think that Red Rocks in Colorado is probably my favorite overall experience. -eric
What's your take on the re-imagining of Wendy as a smug anime girl which spawned tons of fanart?
When was the first allegation brought to your attention?
Hello Mirai! My daughter would like to ask you what one piece of advice you would have for her to be just like you when she grows up (she's five and she's been skating for a year now)? Also, she's hoping that she can watch you on TV in PyeongChang!
Everything helps in a survival situation. Being well prepared having basic survival knowledge is key but what i have noticed about survival training and information is that it's always based on having these survival items with you. My first question is how do you train to survive with absolutely nothing. Example ; you're hiking in the mountains of northern California in January. You fall into a fast moving river and lose everything now what? Question 2 is a person can be prepared with tangible items but is mental preparation just as important? The ability to handle violence or severe circumstances?
As cliche as it is, as long as you keep loving the sport and believing in yourself, you're going to be golden!
That's one thing about my school that makes it fairly unique; we have minimalist training in actual wilderness environments (namely Alaska). We teach people how to survive with little to no gear. Understand, not everything is survivable. If you fall into a fast river in January, you'll likely drown from the soaked heavy clothing, or rapidly succumb to hypothermia once you self rescue. You have minutes to strip down and make a fire in freezing conditions before your brain switches off. You have to be lucky, in great shape, have close to dry weather, and lots of good accelerant and UCO matches immediately at your disposal, and be in an area with dry wood.
Mental fortitude is key. Anyone can build a shelter on a nice day with a lunch in their pack. It takes fortitude to do it with a fractured ankle while you're going hypothermic. The "I can, I will, I must" attitude and the ability to think critically and use your training in extreme circumstances.
Thinking for yourself is important. I know fantastic Christians who question theology and listen to the misfits. I think organized hive mind mentality worries most of us in the group. We’re all humanists and critical thinkers. -Eric
I'm a sports psychologist who works primarily with professional baseball players. Would you be willing to shed some insight into your mental preparation techniques as a figure skater?
Do you have any tips on dealing with feet/hands getting too cold? I find myself losing feeling in my extremities anytime I ice climb or even ski now.
what is the biggest downside of main stream success?
Temporary hair dye does not wash out as well as it should, so thanks to Halloween the answer remains yes.
I also work with a sports psychologist because I get really nervous before I compete. I find that focusing on my breathing really helps since I sometimes forget to when I feel so much adrenaline!
Get hand warmers. They are a game changer. I use them inside jackets and sleeping bags all the time too.
Also if you have yet to try smart wool socks, the heaviest weight and highest percentage wool. expensive but will last for years and years. They also insulate very well when wet, as sweat may be the issue there.
Being gone from family and friends even more than we already are. This stuff is fun and new for us though. -Z
yo. yall used to have mac n cheese and it was FIRE. can you let em know I want that back pls? ty.
Do you speak to your parents in Japanese or English?
When are you coming to Italy? Been waiting a long time now :)
are you the guy that's been tweeting us every single day for 4 years?
It's a mix. When I don't know the word in japanese, I just substitute it with English.
We like it there too! Probably this year. Keep an eye out. -Z
I’ve rarely if ever have had an order messed up by y’all. Just wanna say thank you! Also, what’s the best movie of 2017?
I'm at a sushi place right now. What is your favorite sushi?
Other than you under cooking roots..... What's the downright stupidest thing you've seen someone do after or during one of your training camps?
I saw you guys play live on The Voice. What was that experience like?
Blue fin tuna
During a crew hike we found two teen boys trying to catch a bear cub, they had it cornered. Talked them into stopping.
A woman with a folding knife that didn't lock tried to carve a stick with it, backwards, aggressively. 8 stitches. She was a champ though and came right back and finished the course. I've actually done it too.
Very bright. Kinda like competing on The Running Man. -Z
To get the job as a Wendy's media writer, what kind of sass test to you have to pass?
What’s the worst thing about being an elite child athlete?
What is the most useful survival tip for beginners to know?
Have you guys ever driven the Alcan?
You must chug a sarsaparilla in less than 5 seconds without getting sick.
Making tons of mistakes in the public eye.
Always have a small kit on you whenever heading to the outdoors. Have the minimal you need to spend the night. If you're not in an extreme environment (frozen or desert) that can be kept to 1lbs or less. The #1 killer is exposure so prep for it.
Fire: UCO stormproof matches & Wet Fire/Fast Fire/Webber Grill Lighter Cubes (all the sam material which burns at over 1000F for several minutes, the last two brands over ten min)
Water: Aqua Tabs and/or a Sawyer Squeeze
Shelter: Heat Sheet and nylon twine
There's more but it can depend on your climate, activity, and circumstances.
3 times! Once in a brand new Dodge Challenger in late September. That was my favorite- changing elevation, watching the leaves turn in real-time, tripping on the wildlife, and northern lights blazing the rear view mirror at night. So cool, so dangerous, so fun. -eric
Did all of you get significant bonuses and/or raises from Wendy's this year? I would hope so
What is your favourite program that you have skated so far? And also, with the amount of musical theatre karaoke sessions in your instagram stories, what is your favourite musical? :D
Do you have any knowledge of the Military's SERE school? How do you feel about it?
Does Feel It Still ever get stuck in your head?
dear bosses, look at this comment and do as the internet says. pls updoot
I love Broadway. I think Wicked and the Lion King are two of my favorites. Also, Miss Saigon was amazing. I just love them all.
I love Miss Saigon and I also loved skating to Pirates of the Caribbean.
I taught a 10 day course at the USMC Mountain Warfare Training Center and have worked with SERE instructors from more than one branch. It's excellent training, wish I could get in on a course. We have retired instructors running a civilian version at our school. Thanks for the question!
All. The. Time. I whistle it to myself in airports and stuff without realizing it. Good song! -eric
Hi Wendy's Social Media team! How do you guys measure and report on your success? How does the company value social media engagement and track ROI?
I really want to get back into figure skating at 19 years old; what is the best way to do so, and what times do you consider the rink to be near empty?
Can you professionally instruct me on how to survive for a week with nothing but a bag of lays sour cream chips??
It can be hard to track. Impressions, engagements, brand metrics, other marketing mumbo jumbo. People are talking about us, a lot, so that helps.
Skating is for all ages. Show up and give it a go. I'd say that during the day when everyone is at school is when the rink is at its emptiest.
Step 1: Eat Chips, except 1.
Step 2: Use chip for fire tinder
Step 3: Boil water with a hot stone inside the bag to quench thirst from salty chips: https://www.instagram.com/survival_expert/
Step 3: turn the bag inside out to use reflective surface as signal to get rescued
Do you have a favorite tweet, one that you felt really proud of?
Do you take your doggo with you to events or does your doggo stay with a sitter?
Anytime someone we like tweets at us, like the pro wrestlers, or Kumail quote tweeting us the other day. Or when Overwatch tweeted us, sort of nerded out a little.
I wish I could, but can't fit the husky in my luggage unfortunately. They stay at the dog hotel!
Have you ever been chewed out by the higher-ups for comments made?
Is there a story behind your setup for the 3A?
How do you ensure that water isnt contaminated (wont give you bad case of the runs), since chlorine and iodine tablets aren't enough usually?
Coming to see you guys in Athens in Feb, been almost 3 years since I’ve seen y’all! Hopefully we can grab a beer or something after, but if you guys had to listen to one Justin Bieber song for the rest of time, what would it be and why?
Chewed out? No. Though sometimes they let us know they don't exactly like certain things lol
Get it done!
According to the CDC guidelines for backpackers pre treatment with chem tabs then >2 micron absolute filtration and you're good to go. This is why I love the sawyer squeeze and life straw gravity filters (they have pre treatment reservoirs). https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/drinking/travel/backcountry_water_treatment.html
Athens is the best!! Honestly I have no idea. -Z
How many people are on the team responsible for sending tweets?What's the process for posting tweets, do you need to get copy approved before posting?
Do you ever visit Japan with your family?
Best of luck with the Olympics.
What Survival TV shows are the most informative? And which are full of it?
Absolutely love you guys! You’re the reason I started playing music and became the audio engineer I am today. However, I have one question that has had me guessing for quite some time. Who is the baby on the cover of the American Ghetto album? Is it John or another band member? Or just a random youngin’?
We don't get approval for everything, but definitely for some stuff.
My parents spend a lot of time working at the restaurant, so I've only gone to Japan with both of my parents once, but I remember it fondly.
Sadly to say they are basically all full of it. All are staged, some claim for safety but it's more for skill, and they often portray methods that just don't work in real life. With one exception, Ray Mears and his stuff. I love that guy, he's a real legend. His episodes are real tutorials.
It’s John and his nephew up in Alaska. -Z
Was there ever a time when you didn't tweet something because it would be too harsh?
Who are your favourite skaters to watch right now? What do you love most about the sport?
If you were in the movie Cast Away, how differently would you have handled it?
yes, lots of times.
Where'd ya get your excellent roasting skills from mate ?
How are you managing the holidays given that Nationals is so early this year???
Are you able to accurately predict who's going to fare best in a survival situation when you meet the people ahead of time?
People say they go eat because of the tweets, and no one has ever lied on the internet
Hi Mirai! Will you be going for 2 3Axels (one in combo obviously) in your Long Program? Rooting for you all the way! xo ♥
Greetings from Down Under Sir,
Have you had any strange / freaky experiences you can talk about in any searches or your time in the field?
Thankyou in advance.
just any tweet? or our tweets?
Favorite of ours is probably the Wingstop Rap Battles
What is the very best dessert?
Growing up in Idaho I used to take flint and steel with me everywhere in the backcountry. It worked well for most situations outside of when it was wet and I didn't have anything dry on me... but best of all the thing seemed to last forever.
What's your preferred/recommended fire starting tool/method?
There's plenty of great ways to start a camp fire, but for emergencies I only recommend:
UCO Stormproof matches combined with either esbit/fast fire/or webber fuel cubes.
Can you speak to the nature of your relationship with the Game Grumps?
Hello! Also a Japanese bilingual here.
I wanted to ask a bit of an unconventional question. I really love your name "Mirai" as it sounds so fresh and Gen Z! Were your parents looking for something unique/current when they thought of it rather than the likes of other names like Mari, Haruna, Kana, etc?
I'm sorry it's a boring question.
What kind of education background do you need to get a job on a team like this?
Hi Marai! Do you have a certain boot that you like? Harlicks are so sturdy, but they are so heavy and it's hard to point the foot. Any advice on choosing the right equipment and taking care of your feet (especially when breaking in your boots)? And best wishes during the the Olympic games in PyeongChang!!!!
Can you please tell me a funny story of something that happened to you? Would love to see everyone's reaction here. :-)
A Masters at the School of Memeology nothing less
Right now, I wear Edeas and I love how light they are!
I have flat feet and find that the Edeas fit me really well.
I take a lot of baths in order to relax my sore muscles. Baths are great with 2 cups of epsom salts!
I took the US Marine Corps lead survival instructor, and a Master Sergeant on a 3 day 40 mile backcountry hike, with no food or water and almost no gear (a knife/bottle/piece of string/filter, that's it- not even a med kit). The hike was mostly above 7000' and up to 10,000 at time. I was showing them how I do my expeditions after the 10 day course I taught at their base, as they wanted to learn more. Day 2 we cooked soap roots I harvested for breakfast. I under cooked them. I also ate the center. They felt a little queezy for a few minutes, but I puked bad, real bad, for about 5 hours off and on. I refused to end it or quit. I was so embarrassed. It happened at 9000'+. Step step puke step, step step puke step. Cleared up just fine though. In the end they were almost more impressed. Type 3 fun.
Is there actually bad blood between you guys and other fast food franchises or is that just fake beef like mcdonalds?
What do you think of Patrick Chan?
Have you ever worked with the USAF’s SERE? If you have, what is your impression with their overall skill?
All of our beef is real as heck boi. Don't gets us riled up.
That's the only one I haven't yet. I have worked with 2 or 3 of their EOD teams though, which are outstanding.
Would you rather eat 1 horse-sized baconator or 100 baconator-sized horses?
Ahh thanks for doing this!!!! I’m so excited for the Olympics!
What are some songs on your pump up playlist?
Good luck this year!!!
What would be in your terms, the easiest region/area to survive in? I live in eastern ky, spent many nights camping and many days hunting. I would assume a region such as mine would be very productive for survival. Abundance of easily made shelters with rock out cropping, caves, dense forests, and plenty of food sources with a relatively mild climate.
Also the hardest?
So basically the T-Rex with bacon?
favorite menu item and why? I love the single classic but my favorite might be the asiago chicken sandwich. I need some lunch.
Do you remember going to Kodomo no Ie? When I used to go, I remember how Enchou Sensei would talk about you and she was really proud of you:))
What is the worst situation you have been stuck in where your survival skills saved the day?
Baconator, because it's the freaking Baconator
Yes! I still get a Christmas card every year. It was so much fun!
Gosh I can't really say I was stuck but this hurt really bad: https://www.mensfitness.com/life/outdoor/miles-to-nowhere-hiking-death-valley
Oh wow. I've never been to death valley and even lived in California for about a year... I always wanted to go on a brutal march there.
Train and acclimate first. It can easily kill in the time of year I went. https://www.mmamania.com/2008/09/08/evan-tanner-dies-in-the-desert-seriously
Honestly, Death Valley is a must see
Agreed, it is beautiful. Darwin Falls runs year long and fresh celery and watercress grows along the banks. Most people don't know there's a beautiful oasis there.
Can we get a pic of the team? Curious to see how many of you there are and the faces behind the tweets. Keep up the good work :)
As a structural FF, what drove you to the insanity it takes to be a smoke jumper?
We sort of keep it secret, because it's more about the brand, and not us when it comes to the Twitter.
Ha thanks. Helitack Rappeller actually, I slid down a rope. Grew up in abject poverty. For me it was just such an honor to have that title, to be able to make such a difference, and I've been into extreme physical challenges since I saw Jack La Lane on tv when I was 12. The opportunity presented itself, so I lept on it.
How many 10 year olds do you think you could beat in a fight?
Hello, thanks a lot for doing this! I've always loved to go on long hikes and do outdoor activities, but never really looked into learning any sort of survival skills. Living in the UK, do you know if there are any courses that are similar to what you have to offer? I am sceptical of the few that I have found and not sure if they will actually teach anything that can be applied in real life scenarios or they are just there to make money.
I would recommend ray mears. I think his schoo is called Woodlore. He is a legend. Thanks for participating!
I've heared that they are not comparable, but noone could explain why exactly, so can you explain why swiss army knives and leathermans are so different, while both are considered multitools?
Leatherman implies pliers while swiss knives don't. Usually multi-tool is reserved for models with pliers.
Which celebrities have you trained? Been on television? Written any Survival Books? Ima big fan of Baer Grills and Less Stroud. Do you agree or disagree with their skills/training?
Rob Riggle, Stephanie Beatriz, Mike Rowe, and The Golden God off the top of my head. I love Bear and he's very talented- but his stuff is all staged with a lot of help with outside experts. Les isn't too bad but I don't know about his bigfoot stuff lol. I've been on tv a lot, CNN with Mike Rowe's old show Somebody's Gotta Do It, CBS News, ABC News, KTLA, a bunch of news stuff mostly. A lot of publications as well, and some YouTube stuff like with the Try Guys. Book coming early 2018, DVD on wild plants available on Amazon "Off The Land"
By Golden God, do you mean Dennis Reynolds? Or...
You know exactly who I mean. Is this not reddit?
You guys once sent me a 3D printed trophy for winning the easiest and most delicious food bet of all time (100 consecutive weekdays of Wendy's), so thank you for that. What can I do to earn another?
EDIT: Proof, as requested
Oh shit! How was it?
Are you his source for the dangers (implications) of sea travel?
Don't know what you can do to earn another, but totally remember that! Glad you're still out here internetting.
Hardcore dude. Highly motivated and intelligent. Very skilled. Insists on personal success. Great conversation.
No sorry lol!
hold on, grabbing a Laffy Taffy .
What kind of ship doesn't sink?
Was there any kind of award or commission for any of the team members involved on the initial tweet to the kid to get 10 million retweets for lifetime nuggets?
We won quite a few awards, also my mom put an article on the fridge
How the heck do you fit that much food into the 4 for $4 deal?
yes, sweet tea. Based on chugging metrics we'll say a whole bunch of...sweet tea.
Why did you get rid of the country fried steak sandwich in the mid 90's and will you consider bringing it back?
We weren't even 10 when this happened
We have been strictly forbidden from doing this, our apologies
Would you rather fight 1 horse-sized nugget or 100 nugget-sized horses?
We'll take the giant nugget pls.
Why does your Canadian packaging say "100% Canadian Beef" and your American packaging say "100% North American Beef"?
WHERE DOES THE BEEF COME FROM?
Canada is part of North America, but not all of North America is in Canada.